What a trainwreck… you know what they are supposed to represent, but you have to really put logic aside and use your imagination:
Sweet lord those are all so terrible. What is even funnier is that there is a kickstarter campaign that is getting dangerously close to being funded, and has 14 days left to go.
I could do a bunch of side by side comparisons with pictures of the actual thing and his “representation”, but I really don’t want to waste my time and insult the intelligence of you guys. If you have ever seen any of these guns, disassembled or not, your first thought will be “WTF is this?”. You know what, screw it… just a quick photoshop for some Friday morning laughs for you guys:
Oh Wait.. never mind what I posted were just fake AR-15 magazine and grip pictures to troll you guys… here are the real pics:
Most of my posts don’t have any kind of back story but here’s the story behind this post… the kid who runs this thing, “Justin James” emails me an unimpressive form email with a short background on his project and links to his Kickstarter campaign. Against my better judgement I wasted my valuable time and sent him a nice reply. I say “against my better judgment” because I feel like when I try to help someone by offering them constructive criticism which will help them avoid potentially falling flat on their face, it at least deserves a reply back like “Hey thanks for your time Mike, I’ll take what you said into consideration.” Well, this went down over a month ago and I still never got that courtesy reply, so now he gets this post.
Here is the email I sent him. I think it was fair, not to mention helpful:
Interesting idea, the execution is not at all my style though. The obtrusive branding, blue background, grid print, and “artistic” not even close to actual representation of the firearms all kill it for me.
Also, $15K? There are too many unanswered questions. Why do you need that much money? What type of prints are these going to be? What type of paper are you using? The startup costs to print posters just are not that high… any reputable print shop will even just print you a handful of prototype ones for the less than $100 just to cover their screen fees, time, and what not.
The idea is solid but I really think you need to think this one through some more, and look into heavily refining the drawings.
Best of luck with the Kickstarter,
CLASS IS IN SESSION. I forgot to mention to him how appalled I was that his logo has the entire cartridge (not just the bullet) cutting through the letters. Oh well now he knows. There are a lot of small details besides the ones in that email that really annoy me too… take the AR-15 “drawing” for instance. The AR-15 picture in the top right has carbine gas and an adjustable stock… why does the “drawing” feature a different version of the AR (if you can even call that thing an AR like I touched on earlier haha)? Oh and you’re going to explode everything else out but keep the trigger assembly inside the lower? Too hard to draw I guess? Rookie move. Step your game up son. I can’t believe your dad (who you say in the Kickstarter video was a marine) didn’t ream you out for bastardizing these firearms.
Calibur Prints has a website too, but there isn’t anything on it that isn’t on the Kickstarter page linked at the top of this post. Placeholder for future derp I suppose.
This could be a social experiment where the object is to convince people these prints represent the firearms just because a perceived authority, the “designer” (and I use that term loosely) says so.
Something tells me this blog post wont make the “Press” section of his Kickstarter campaign haha. If this project actually reaches it’s goal, I’ll LOL so hard.
Thoughts? Is there that much of a drought in the gun related prints market, that people are willing to throw money at subpar garbage like this?